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  1. 3 hours ago, ken64k said:

    Looking to get a RV and do a good amount of traveling around the US and southern Canada.

    While it will cost more initially, I would suggest an RV that is no more than 5 years old to start with as it is most likely going to cost less to get started. Motorhome tires very seldom wear out from treadwear, but rather the get too old and become a danger for blowouts at highway speeds. Most manufacturers recommend replacYou eing them somewhere between 5 and 10 years of age because sitting in one place can be very damaging. Modern tires are compounded to stay flexible from the heat and flexing that cones with use which keeps them pliable. I know of no tire manufacturer who will honor the tire mileage guarantee for any longer than 10 years and many are shorter than that. In addition, belts, hoses, and other rubber compound items will fail with increased age. RV appliances usually last about 10 years when under constant use but that time period can be greatly extended by light or seasonable use and may even last the life of the RV in such circumstances. If you buy an RV that is 10 years old or less you will have the option of buying an extended warranty to cover major repairs but most companies will not cover an RV that is more than 10 years old. You can read more about this type of coverage in this article if you are interested. If you have no experience with RVs I suggest that you try and find an RV show to go through in order to get a feel for what is available. 

  2. I was wondering if anyone in the group has knowledge of the new (to me) group calling themselves The RV Advisor? Some years ago we were active members of the RV Consumer Group and found them to be very helpful, particularly for new RV buyers, but this one is completely new to me. From what I see on their website it would seem that they are competitors to the RV Consumer Group, but they are also a sales organization where RVCG isn't.

  3. Coachman was an independent company when this one was built, having been taken over by Forest River in December of 2008.  NADA Guides lists that coach as having an averate retail of $26,445. Having poked about a little in researching that coach, I found this ad on RV Trader which I suspect may be the RV you are considering. Coachman used to be a respectible company with a pretty average reputation in those years but fell victem to the difficult economic times for the RV industry, as did many other manufacturers. I would be somewhat concerned about the very low mileage for an RV that is now 12 years old. It could be a true bargain but unless you happen to be an RV expert, I would definately have it professionally inspected before you put any money down. It has an EDPM roof so the condition is of critical importance. With such low mileage it probably has the original tires and while they may look good, they will probably blow out if you travel very far on them at highway speeds. I would plan to replace all of them if they are more than 5 years old, which you can check by looking at the DOT date code on each tire. A professional inspector should check them all for you. The tires are 245/70R19.5 so expect to pay about $300 or more per tire. 

    If you would share a bit more specific about this RV and about yourself and how you would use the RV we can probably give you better advice. If you have not yet looked at it, I would at least look it over. When you do that, you might be wise to take a copy of this check list with you to use as a guide.

  4. 8 hours ago, rtate said:

    I was just struck that both you and 2gypsies implied that it could be expected that, in general, a manufacturer wouldn't respond to a structural failure in a 2 year old rig. I was surprised by that. 

    I suspect that there are many manufacturers who would not go to that extent, especially for the lower priced models. I suspect that most would give you a chance to get the RV to them for a look, but only the better companies would send someone to you, in my opinion. I know someone who owned a Winnebago motorhome that was 2 years out of warranty when they had a major structural problem which the factory repaired at no cost to the owner, but in this case they were able to take the motorhome to the factory. Yours is the first case that I have known of where the RV could not be moved. Said Winnebago was taken to the factory on a truck at the owner's expense, but the factory repaired it and reimbursed them the cost of shipping, although the owners did travel to the factory to pick it up. 

  5. 2 minutes ago, rtate said:

    I never dreamed that any respectable company would walk away from that. Who buys a camper with a one-year lifespan?

    It looks to me like they are trying to make good on it. Perhaps you should give them a chance to see what they do? Remember that they are sending a factory rep to you at their expense and after the warranty has expired. If they thought that this was normal do you really believe that they would do that? 

  6. There are three2 critically important things to consider when you buy a portable  air compressor. First is the power source that it will operate on, the second is the pressure it can supply, and last is the duty cycle. The smallest compressors do not have an air tank and send the air directly into the tire and that is sufficient if tire inflation is the only purpose of the compressor, but those also tend to take the most time to do the job. If you have an onboard generator for 120V power those compressors are by far quicker than one powered by 12V electricity because they have more power available to operate but if you do not then you will ned one that can work on 12v. Tire size should also be considered as the larger tires require a long duty cycle for a small compressor to fill repeatedly. In my car I carry one that has dual power supplies similar to this one from Amazon, For the RV we carry one that has a small tank and requires 120V power like this one from Amazon. If you do get one with an air tank it will do the job much more quickly but you do need to realize that those have a pressure where they shut off and one where the compressor starts again and the restart pressure needs to be higher than the maximum pressure that you will ever need in your tires. For checking the tire pressures, I suggest a good digital gage like this one.

  7. On 8/26/2019 at 7:54 PM, Ray,IN said:

    I agree with 2gypsies. I have heard of I 40 in Flagstaff being closed due to snow in these winter months months Dec,Jan,Feb, Mar.Apr.

    Me too. I have traveled I-40 in winter more than once and can tell you from experience that it can be treacherous in bad weather. Even if the weather is good, it will be cold for the children and can be very cold. If you are winter experienced people like some from ski country you may have the needed cloting for you and the children and if you have enough time to wait out any bad roads if the weather turns bad, then it could be a good experience. The canyon is very scenic in snow and quite different than in warm weather, but you need to be prepared for it. 

  8. 18 minutes ago, rtate said:

    I have a 2 year old truck camper.

    Is the manufacturer's timeline reasonable? Is there any other resolution that could be pursued? 

    In my opinion, because the camper is now 2 years old and likely out of any factory warranty, and the fact that the manufacturer is sending their rep to the camper I believe that they are making a reasonable effort to make things right. Even the best manufacturers have occasional disastors so the key to this is in what they are going to do in an effort to make things right. 

  9. SteveRC, welcome to the Escapee forums! Are you in a location where you have been receiving TV and suddenly it stopped, did you move to a new area and not don't get TV, or what is the senerio leading up to the current problem? If you have a typical RV antenna it has a built-in signal amplifier that must be turned on in order to get any signal from it. To turn it on there is normally a small button on the face of the jack where you connect the lead from the TV to the antenna. It usually has a small, push button switch, an LED power indicator, and the antenna jack.


    There are several different configurations but they usually look similar to this one. Since you say that you have replaced the antenna, may we assume that means you connected to a different antenna, or do you mean that you replaced the one on your RV's roof? And are we also correct in assuming that your problem is the TV in your motorhome?

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    The couple sued Winnebago in 2016 saying multiple defects in the 2013 Adventure motor home they bought in 2015 ruined the cross-country trip they planned after selling their home.


    7 hours ago, Ray,IN said:

    The suit bobSally linked to will be overturned IMO. The owners refused Winnebago's request to bring their MH to the W factory for evaluation and repairs.

    I would certainly hope so. This sort of story makes one wonder about the members of the jury.

  11. 22 minutes ago, SWharton said:

    Part of this is what is an accident?

    If you are traveling down the highway in bad weather and slide off into the ditch, is that not accidental? I never really thought of that sort of problem but would think that road service should provide a winch-out service. I may have to contact our service and ask about that situation. 

  12. Many of the rules that communities make stem from abuses of the hospitality by some of the RV owners. There is a fine line between the rights of we who are traveling in our RVs and those of the people who live in the communities we travel through. It doesn't take very many inconsiderate RV travelers to make problems that all of us must deal with. In our many years of RV travel I have seen more than a few RV people do things that I'd not want near a house that I owned. 

  13. 57 minutes ago, StaceyD said:

    Hi everyone...

    Welcome to the Escapee forums! If you have never towed anything I wonder if you really want to take on this size of RV and the big truck that would be required to tow it? The Oregon coast is a wonderful place with spactacular scenery but it also is a very challenging drive for the inexperienced RVer. Since I do not know you at all, I really can't give very good advice but most who have no towing experience would not enjoy a trip like you want to have for their first time towing, even with a shorter trailer. You may be able to do this and enjoy it, but you would be the exception if you can. 

  14. 1 hour ago, Joshb said:

    The trailer I’m looking at is 24’ and 5100 lbs. What all items/products would you recommend to help with sway, leveling, etc?

    Is that the loaded weight as it will be when ready to travel or is it the empty weight? If you aren't used the GVWR for the loaded vehicle you will be pushing the maximum when you tow. You need to get a quality equalizer hitch to tow with. Do you want the very best regardless of cost or do you want the best inexpensive equipment? There is a wide range in prices. 

  15. Sometimes the situation requires that the children take responsibility for their parents, their safety and the safety of others who share the roads with them. When we realized that my mother had reached that time we resolved it by my sister borrowing mother's car and just never got around to returning it. In her case it was a combination of not being a safe driver any longer and also her potential to get lost. My dad set an example for all of us as he had a very minor accident at low speed and realized that he had reached the time to stop driving. He sold his truck and returned his driving license. I hope to follow dad's example. 

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